Take a look at the region
The capital of Languedoc
Montpellier, located just 10 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast, looks forward to welcoming you.
Come and discover this dynamic city which is both a great place to shop and a great place to enjoy cultural days out.
The historic centre provides you with an insight into this city’s past where the presence of the Romans can still be felt.
However, the city has always continued to develop, as illustrated by new districts showing a Greco-Roman influence and buildings in a bold architectural style, such as the Regional Council Offices for Languedoc-Roussillon, whose façade is largely glass and is reflected in the waters of the river Lez.
Fans of shopping will be delighted with the large number of shops available throughout.
Water sport activities
The many seaside resorts located along Languedoc’s coastline, such as Valras, Vendres or Le Cap d’Agde also provide the opportunity to enjoy water sports such as windsurfing or water skiing.
Please ask at reception as we can tell you the best places to go to enjoy your favourite sport.
A trip into the world of wildlife
The Réserve Africaine animal park in Sigean, located between Narbonne and Perpignan, invites you to come and see dozens of African animals across an area covering over 300 hectares. There are lions of course, as well as zebras, impalas and rhinoceros.
You will be able to enjoy more than 3,800 majestic beasts during your outing, which roam semi-free across this park located close to the Mediterranean sea.
Narbonne’s history dates back to the early modern era. Before the first century BC, the Romans had created an extensive colony which was, to all intents and purposes, a city and which stretched all the way from Toulouse to Geneva.
The town has inherited a rich archaeological heritage from this era that can be admired in the Narbonne Archaeology Museum which is housed in an 11th century palace.
The Canal de la Robine, listed by UNESCO, creates a very pretty route to walk along through the town.
A seaside resort
Le Cap d’Agde is, without doubt, the most famous seaside resort on the Languedoc coast. It offers vast fine sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing, as well as for swimming or enjoying water sports such as windsurfing, diving, water skiing, etc.
The Canal du Midi
A walk along the waterway
The Canal du Midi was excavated in the 17th century in order to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. It is a real architectural feat, as well as a great place to walk.
The banks of this peaceful canal are an ideal place to enjoy the rural surroundings and are perfect for long rambles on foot or by bike in the shade of the plane trees or to enjoy a boat trip.
Saint Guilhem le Désert
A listed village
This well-known stopover on the Pilgrimage Route of Santiago de Compostela is nestled at the bottom of gorges carved out by the river Verdus in the Hérault valley.
One of the finest examples of Roman architecture in Languedoc is the Abbey of Gellone. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the village itself is one of the Plus Beaux Villages (most beautiful villages) of France. The village is at its most beautiful when the last rays of the setting sun bathe the cream stone of the buildings in a warm glow.
The Cirque de Navacelles
A wild landscape
Over time, the river Vis carved out a vast hole in the limestone of the Causse du Larzac plateau. There is now a village nestled in its base.
It is best to first admire this magnificent landscape from viewpoints looking out across the cirque. Then, after winding your way down to the bottom, you can explore the little village and the river Vis, which tumbles down the rocks from quite a height. When the heat of summer is at its highest, the river is a lovely, refreshing place to come and swim.
In the land of Molière
Pézenas is a small coastal town on the Languedoc coast which was once one of Molière’s favourite places. He frequently came to stay here. As a result of this era, the town has a ‘Scenovision’ devoted to the life of the author of ‘The Middle-Class Aristocrat’.
Pézenas is an historic town with a rich heritage dating from the Middle Ages through to the modern day.
Explore the depths of the Mediterranean
The seaside resorts of Vendre, Valras and Le Cap d’Agde on the Mediterranean coast all offer the opportunity for you to take part in your favourite sport or to enjoy an introduction to diving.
Divers will relish the waters of the Mediterranean, where they will be able to explore the wealth which exists on the seabed along the Languedoc coastline.
The Venice of Languedoc
The port of Sète was built in the 17th century in order to provide access into the Mediterranean for the Canal du Midi. Its opening was celebrated with marine jousting which has since become a symbol of the town. Colourful jousting barges are moored along the canals in anticipation of this great summer event.
Built on water, the town is criss-crossed by canals which are very pleasant to stroll along whilst admiring the façades of the houses or enjoying the day-to-day hustle and bustle of Mediterranean life.
A fortified city
Sheltered behind high walls dating back to the Middle Ages, the ancient town of Carcassonne is an opportunity to visit one of the most impressive fortified towns in Europe. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Behind these rough, high walls and 52 towers awaits a medieval town which has remained unchanged since the time it was built. Once you enter the town’s gates, you will be transported back to the Middle Ages.
The Cirque de Mourèze
A Chaotic Collection of Rocks
The Cirque de Mourèze is a spectacular natural landmark stretching over more than 300 hectares.
This lunar landscape dominated by high columns of rock carved and sculpted by water and erosion will make you want to go for a walk. You can explore this truly open-air museum and admire the artistic genius of Mother Nature by following the marked footpaths.
Salagou lake can be found just inland from the Languedoc coastline and is a place for enjoying swimming in wild surroundings.
The red-coloured lake (a result of the clay soil) is nestled between the rolling hills which form the last foothills of the Grands Causses.
It is an ideal place to go swimming. The lake also has a water sports centre where you can safely take part in water sports.
It is also a very beautiful spot to go walking and has several paths following the lake’s shoreline.
A medieval town
The first thing you notice when you arrive in Béziers is Saint Nazaire cathedral perched at the top of the old town. It bears witness to the town’s rich past as an episcopal see from the 8th century onwards, as well as the terrible days of the Cathar Crusade.
One of the best spots to admire it is from the bridges spanning the river Orb. The medieval roads leading up to the cathedral (which was rebuilt during the 13th to 15th centuries in a Mediterranean Gothic style) are lined with ancient buildings.